Geno Smith "Sucker Punched"
It’s no secret that the New York Jets are often considered the circus act of the NFL, and that theory was proven true once again last week. Arguing in the locker room on Tuesday, reserve linebacker IK Enemkpali “sucker punched” (former) opening day quarter back Geno Smith in the face, fracturing Smith’s jaw in two places. Needing to undergo surgery, Smith will now be sidelined for an estimated six to 10 weeks. Apparently the altercation arose after Enemkpali confronted Smith over $600 Smith owed him for a plane ticket he was supposed to use to travel to Enemkpali’s football camp last month. Smith never showed up at the camp after a close friend of his died in a motorcycle accident days before his scheduled appearance. Since Smith didn't show up he agreed to reimburse Enemkpali the price of the plane ticket, but had not as of Tuesday. Let’s see what shenanigans the Jets pull next.
Last week, Courtney explored the question at the top of everyone's mind: Is the Taylor Swift phenomenon nearing its end? Will she soon begin to lose popularity? The post brought up an old topic I have long sought to explore, about the shelf life of pop stars. Some pop stars, more so than bands and artists of other genres, seem to experience a limited period of popularity before fading into obscurity. Other pop artists have found a greater level of success, and their careers can last decades. Still others have slightly longer careers but ultimately don't last except for a decade or two.
Broadly-speaking, I think there are three types of pop acts.
We’re in the midst of The Ashes, the Test cricket series that is played at least once every four years between England and Australia. This year, England is already set to trounce former favorite Australia, as they’ve already won three of the five Test matches, delivering the coup de grace at the most recent and Fourth Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham when they won by an innings and 78 runs on the third day. It was the quickest a team has been bowled out in the first innings of a Test match in relation to number of balls faced. Quite impressive, and the Australia side is currently facing a lot of heat at home for their performance as well as subtle ridicule in England.
Did any of what I just wrote make sense? Probably to the handful of cricket fans reading this – and they probably also want to correct me, but to the average Yank, cricket is a mystery. In fact, I *think* I understand it slightly better than many of my fellow countrymen, and that is only by way of exposure. I lived in London for a few years during grad school and became rather fond of the sport. At least, fond in so far as I like drinking outdoors, and The Oval is a lovely venue for sitting in English “sun” and enjoying a pint or seven. To the untrained (and possibly tipsy) eye of this American, cricket seemed at first alternately frenetic and boring. The pitch seems crowded in the middle – there are two at bat in there, at least one bowler (sort of like a pitcher), a wicketkeeper (like a catcher), and pieces of precious garden décor (the wickets) – and really sort of devoid of population in the ovular field. Bowlers seem to want to actually kill (or maim) their opponents at bat (the striker), some matches last for literal days (Test matches last for five), and others seem to be over well before I’ve had a chance to enjoy my Pimm’s.
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Jon Stewart Says Farewell
After 16 years as the host of late-night talk show The Daily Show, Jon Stewart appeared in his final episode this past Thursday. The hour-long star-studded finale featured many guests, including former correspondents Rob Riggle, Steve Carell, and Stephen Colbert. There was also a taped montage of goodbyes from politicians, including many who he has criticized in years past, such as Chris Christie, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and John McCain. The episode also gave viewers a behind the scenes look at the production facility with a pre-recorded tour of The Daily Show studio. Stewart’s final episode was topped off with a performance by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. This fall, The Daily Show will continue under new host, South African comedian Trevor Noah. Needless to say, he has some pretty big shoes to fill.